iYOT curriculum is a document that was created in the framework of the Erasmus + project iYOT (''In your own time''), which is funded by the European Union (2015-2017) and seeks to enhance the administrative and counselling capacity of Adult Education and Lifelong learning organizations across Europe. Our purpose is to enable them to better act as counterparts to the formal educational system, promoting the personal development and transversal skills of adults as a mean of increasing skills capacity, competences and reducing unemployment.
The main purpose of this project is to jointly develop a user friendly distance counselling service to meet adult’s interests, skills, personal and occupational developments according to their available time (In Your Own Time), which is done through a web-based software system with an innovative mobile application (iYOT Software). This service is intended for counsellors working in the field of educational or career counselling as well as for adults seeking counselling.
The iYOT project involves partners from five different countries (Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Portugal and Austria) with proven experience in the adult education and labour market field. Such representation of entities and countries ensures a truly European output that addresses a real European need in the educational and career counselling field.
The present iYOTcurriculum is designed for those who would like to renew, deepen knowledge in the field of counseling and learn about new mobile app, which provides distance counselling. Carefully prepared modules offer users to gain general knowledge about counseling at a distance, in-depth understanding of the main features and issues of efficient distance counselling services and knowledge of the structure and objectives of the iyot software.
Furthermore, the user will find usefull information about tools within the educational counselling with focus on individually adapted approach depending on the student’s needs and study situation as well as knowledge on how to get the overview of the student’s complex study situation as a whole. Those who are interesting in the career counselling will gain knowledge on the elements consisting career counselling practice, methods and tools specifically suited for career counselling, knowledge on career development (strategies, transitions, occupational profiles). Moreover, this curricula supplies counsellors with practical examples for counselling job seekers, demonstrating for example how to facilitate CV writing, approach disoriented or defensive clients and detect blind spots in their own professional attitudes. It also offers general knowledge on human communication and counselling process, the transversal skills needed to cover human communication through counselling process. Last but not least the general knowledge about recognition/validation of non-formal and informal learning, four phases of the process, the competences one needs to be able to proced the process and the methods and tools used in recognition/validation in non-formal and informal knowledge.